The Department of Livestock Development has been successful in preventing and controlling an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Thailand.
ASF is a serious viral disease of domestic pigs that poses a major threat to pig production. ASF outbreaks have been reported in more than 30 countries worldwide, such as those in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. As a consequence, a great number of pigs have been killed. However, it is not a threat to humans and does not affect food safety.
The disease has been spreading rapidly in several countries in Southeast Asia, except Thailand, which is recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health for its effective prevention and control of the disease.
According to the Department of Livestock Development, although Thailand is free from ASF, it has tightened disease control measures, with an ASF preparedness plan involved with ASF prevention, surveillance, and damage reduction.
The ASF preparedness plan has been included as part of Thailand’s national agenda, and all relevant agencies have been urged to work seriously together in preventing and controlling the disease.
ASF is a disease listed in Section 4 of Thailand’s Animal Epidemics Act B.E. 2558 (2015), and the Department of Livestock Development has issued measures against the disease in several areas, such as an increase in the efficiency of ASF surveillance and disease prevention among swine farms, swine recovery, and communication in risk management.
These measures will benefit the country’s livestock industry and swine farmers, as well as mitigating possible damage to the local economy.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department